Investing in Thailand property

May 15th, 2010

Phuket and Thailand are one of the last havens in the world where you can invest in property safely and receive a handsome return on capital.

There are currently over 200 new developments being constructed on the island (May 2010) and many more to come as the property market here is still in its infancy. Most developments are selling despite the global crisis of the last 2 years especially completed projects avoiding any buyer risk. Experienced brokers and developers in Phuket see a bright future for the property  market here.

Why invest in Phuket?

Phuket is undoubtedly becoming the new playground of Asia and although a small island (550 kilometres square) has every modern amenity including, international hospitals and schools, modern infrastructure and roads, broadband communications, beautiful beaches and landscape, the finest hotels and restaurants, international shopping malls, friendly welcoming people, relaxed living and little crime, and last of all a warm climate all year around. Several new marinas and golf courses are also being built.

How it works

When buying off plan (as opposed to resale property) you put down a reservation deposit to reserve the plot, Villa, Condo etc. and then usually within 30 days after seeking legal advice and contracts being vetted and due diligence carried out, you sign contracts and pay the first installment of anything between 15-30 % of the sales price and the remainder over a period in stage payments based on build completion until it is finished which is usually approximately one year hence for most developments. By buying this way you get the opportunity to buy at up to 30% or more below market value. The reason you can save so much is the developers wish to attract early buyers whom have no hurry to occupy the property but realize the benefits and significant savings of buying early. This assists the developer with early buyers’ confidence in the project and gives an injection of capital and security for the bank and aids the projects finances. It is a case of WIN, WIN for all parties! During the build stage it is normal for prices to rise substantially due to material cost rises and to enable the developer and buyer to maximize their returns. It is only right that those, whom buy first, pay less than those whom buy last.

Investment return

The above example shows that for a small outlay you can spread your payments over one year and receive a handsome capital gain even before you move in! Many investors do just that – flip – and sell the property shortly after completion. However, it is probably wiser to hold on to it as with the prices rising by 15-20% per annum plus materials inflation, Phuket property makes a very sound investment indeed over the longer term. You can also rent out the property and receive a rental income as well.

Now is the time to invest here and we are available to give advice on the best developments on the island as we represent them all.

Siam Real Estate offers a first class service, a “One Stop Shop” to investors, from giving initial advice on local Thai regulations and laws (avoiding pitfalls), recommending the best local lawyers and accountants. Forming a company, doing a land search, buying the land (foreigners cannot own the land, only a Thai registered company see USEFUL INFO/FAQS).

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